For All Animals: Diffusion in a water-based diffuser is wonderful way to use Transition. Adding between 3-10 drops in a batch of diffusion water is a often a perfect selection, although some may desire it stronger. Also, adding 4-10 drops to a 4 ounce water misting bottle, and spritzing into the air is very effective. This spritz can also be misted onto bedding, into kennels, or wherever needed for more results.
Birds & Exotics: Water-based diffusion or water misting into the air, is often the easiest method to use Transition with these animals. While topical applications are often not necessary, light petting of the blend can be used. Place 1-3 drops into your hands, rub them together until the oil is completely absorbed to just a small film of oil remaining on your hands. Allow a bird to just perch on your hands, or lightly pet the animal. For the human, wearing Transition can impart the benefits of the oil to your animal companion while they are in close proximity to you. If the animal desires to lick it off your hands or rub against it - do not be concerned.
Cats: Diffusion in a water-based diffuser is also likely to be the best way to use Transition for cats. Very light petting techniques can also be used - placing 1-3 drops into your hands, rubbing them together until the essential oil is completely absorbed, then petting your cat. Petting over the heart area is a very beneficial location. For some cats, allowing a light film of oil to remain on your hands before petting can be appropriate.
Dogs & Larger Animals: Diffusion is also beneficial for these animals. In barn situations, water misting can be helpful where electricity is not available. These animals respond very well to petting techniques - and often a fairly decent film of oil can be left on the palms of your hands prior to petting. Place 1-5 drops into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to coat them with Transition, then pet over the heart and chest area especially. Remember, large animals who have Transition applied to them, will now become an "animal diffuser" for others in their vicinity. So, placing the blend on several cows in a barn, can act like a giant "bovine diffuser" to impart benefits to the other cows they come in contact with. When using other animals as diffusers, we often pet over their entire back area to allow other animals to benefit easily.
With rescue animals and traumatic situations - it is advisable to monitor animals who are coming in contact with each other. Changes in an animal's behavior can create occasional strife in dog packs or in herds. We don't often see issues, but it is good to be aware of the potential.
You can use Transition as often as you see necessary. We often diffuse it daily if situations seem to call for it. With an animal entering into a euthanasia situation, we will try to diffuse Transition for as many days as possible prior to the event. If everyone (human and animal) in the household does well with the diffusion, we can diffuse up to 24 hours a day even. Some voice concern that use of the blend may "make" their animal pass over prematurely - however we have never seen any evidence to show that this blend will encourage the passing of an animal, only that it will make that "transition" smoother and easier for all involved when it is the right thing. Within 24 hours of the actual euthanasia, and right before the veterinary appointment - we will often incorporate the petting methods into our regimen. Although, it is completely appropriate to start "petting applications" during any part of the time frame that you feel is appropriate. There is no right or wrong answer.
Using Transition for the other animals and humans who are impacted by either a euthanasia, passing, or other event is recommended as well. Use the blend for as long as you feel is necessary for emotional benefits.
Examples of Use:
Transition can mean a lot of things to our animals friends. Entering into this world by birth or exiting this realm forever are obviously the most dramatic transitions that our companions experience, as well as ourselves being alongside of them. However joining a new home, losing a human or animal companion, being rescued, undergoing a surgery, leaving a litter, and more can all be considerable transition periods for an animal.
Transition was created specifically for those who need support for the changes that are necessary in life, whether helpful or uncomfortable in nature. In practice, we have noticed and felt that grieving periods are lessened, emotional turmoil is reduced, and that animals accept changes in a more calm and beneficial manner. In the case of passing onto the next world - everything just seems "a little bit better" - for human and animal. Many of our clients have reported feeling like "things were just smoother" when they used the essential oils within Transition during such a difficult time.
In our veterinary clinic, we often used Rose and Frankincense Essential Oils during euthanasia procedures, and noticed huge benefits to all involved. These particular essential oils are often cost prohibitive for most people, and sometimes are needed when you least expect it. We found them so helpful however, that we often just donated our own personal oils for those going through these situations.